Team effort leads Lions to a 15-14 win over Catawba

Team effort leads Lions to a 15-14 win over Catawba

Salisbury, N.C. - The Saint Leo women's lacrosse team defeated Catawba on Sunday afternoon at Shuford Stadium in Salisbury, N.C., 15-14.

Junior Caroline Fraser dished out a single game school-record of six assists, including on the game-tying goal, and on the Lions' 15th goal to seal the game.

Abbie Ross lead the scoring with five goals, four of which came off passes from Fraser. Close behind was Kelsey Burns, who netted four, and Allie Sheftall, who found the back of the net three times. Katherine Larson added two free positon goals, while Maddie Ozog added one to contribute to the Lions' third victory of the season.  

The Basics
Final Score: Saint Leo 15 | Catawba 14
Location: Shuford Stadium | Salisbury, N.C.
Records: Saint Leo 3-9 | Catawba 5-8

How It Happened 

1H | Catawba started the scoring off just four minutes into the game, Burns retaliated with the help of a Fraser assist to tie it soon after. An Indians goal in the same minute took the lead back, until Saint Leo went on its first 2-0 run with Burns and Ozog adding one to lock down the first lead of the game. The lead did not last long when Catawba netted one to tie it at three-all. Larson wanted a piece of the action and found the back of the net to go up by one, but a free position goal from the Indians kept the game even. The Lions went on another 2-0 run as Sheftall and Ross both scored from good team play around the cage. Catawba added another free position goal on a man-up opportunity to cut the lead back to one with 8:46 remaining in the first. Four minutes later the Indians knocked the equalized in to tie it at six apiece. Burns finalized her hat-trick after sneaking another one past the keeper and soon after, Larson capitolized on a free position attempt, to take a two-goal lead before half. | Saint Leo 8-6 |

2H | The hosts came out firing and made the game even with two goals in the first six minutes of play. But again Fraser found Ross for the Lions' ninth goal of the game with 24:27 remaining in the non-conference match-up. Catawba netted an unassisted goal, but Fraser and Ross duo teamed up again to make it a 10-9 game. Burns and Sheftall followed the action to try to secure the lead with two insurance goals, but the Indians 4-0 run took the lead back in their favor, 13-12. Saint Leo responded with three goals in effort to close out the win, one from Sheftall and two for Ross, giving the Lions a 15-13 advantage. A Catawba goal with 2:02 reaming finalized the score, with the win for Saint Leo. | Saint Leo 15-14 |

Up Next
Saint Leo women's lacrosse team will return home and continue conference play as the Lions host University of Tampa on Saturday April 16 at 1:00 p.m. at University Turf Stadium.

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